STAR WARS: GALAXY OF ADVENTURES (HASBRO)
For the last four films, each Star Wars product launch (at least from Hasbro’s end) was built around two main components, aimed at two different markets. For the adult collectors looking for higher-detailed sculpts and the best posability, there was the 6-inch Black Series line, and for those looking to stay truer to the old Star Wars roots, there was the 5 POA 3 3/4-inch line. I found that to be a pretty good balance, but it didn’t sit with the adult collectors who were attached to the Vintage Collection-styling that merged the Black Series articulation with the 3 3/4-inch scale, so those higher end 3 3/4 inch figures have been slowly making their resurgence over the course of the four movies. For Rise of Skywalker, they’ve replaced the basic 3 3/4-inch line entirely, which creates a slight marketing issue, since those figures really aren’t all that kid-friendly like the 5 POA ones were. So, to maintain a more kid-friendly line, Hasbro’s launching yet another scale…yay? Galaxy of Adventures is a series of cartoon shorts re-telling stories from the franchise, and Hasbro had been running a 3 3/4-inch line of re-issued main characters to tie into it, but has now replaced that with a more dedicated line. The primary focus of this new line (at least at launch) is Rise of Skywalker, and that follows through on the first figure I’m looking at, the Jet Trooper.
THE FIGURE ITSELF
The Jet Trooper is one of the six figures that make up the first basic wave of Galaxy of Adventures figures. Believe it or not, he’s the only troop builder in the set; there is as of yet no basic Stormtrooper of either First Order or Imperial variety in the line at this time. It’s also our first official look at the standard Jet Trooper, after having gotten the Sith derivation in the VC line. The figure stands 5 inches tall and he has 23 points of articulation. The Jet Trooper is a surprisingly mobile figure given the price point of these guys. While it’s not quite at Black Series level, it’s certainly more practical than the VC articulation I’ve encountered recently. Perhaps the most impressive inclusion are the ankle tilts, which make this guy really stable. Remember how one of my primary complaints with the recent VC figures was lack of stability? Really wasn’t an issue with this guy. Beyond that, let’s talk about the sculpt itself. The whole line is definitely stylized, to match the cartoony style of the animated shorts. For a fully armored character like the Jet Trooper, it’s a bit less immediately evident, but you can still see the signs of it in the general proportions of the figure. He’s a little skinnier than his real life equivalent, and the angles on some spots of the armor are a lot sharper. On the scale of cartoony Star Wars figures, he’s closer to Clone Wars and Rebels than to Mashers or Toybox, and I’m honestly alright with that. Despite being stylized, the Jet Trooper’s sculpt still has a bunch of small detail work going on, though, especially with the fully-detailed undersuit for his armor, and quite a bit of detailing on the figure’s helmet. The paintwork on this Jet Trooper is fairly similar to the smaller Sith Jet Trooper, but obviously swapping out white plastic for the red. It’s cleanly applied and even includes the writing on his chest plate. The Jet Trooper is packed with a blaster rifle, which he has no trouble holding. He’s also got a spring-loaded feature in his right arm, which is a “quick draw” feature of sorts. It’s pretty low-key in its implementation, with no buttons or releases, and it doesn’t impact posability, so it gets no complaints from me.
THE ME HALF OF THE EQUATION
When these figures were shown alongside the rest of the Triple Force Friday offerings, I really didn’t know how to feel about them…well, that’s actually not true. I really wanted to hate them, because they replaced the 5 POA line, which was the one I most enjoyed. Because of this desire to hate them, I passed on them when doing my Friday morning run. It wasn’t until a few weeks later that I finally decided to give them a try, in part due to a positive review from Max. I picked up this guy first, because I liked his general look the most of the starter figures. Honestly? He’s a really good figure. I just can’t help but enjoy him. No, it’s not the 5 POA line, but he honestly left me far more satisfied with my purchase than any of the VC figures I picked up, and he’s going for $3 less than those, making him a pretty awesome value. I hope that the size-shift doesn’t scare people off of these guys, because they’re probably the best value out there right now.